Planning a road trip? Read this first

Janet Loehrke and Veronica Bravo, USA TODAY

So, you're tired of staying home and you just want to get out of the house? With many states lifting their coronavirus-related restrictions, a summer road trip is a good way to just get away. But with social distancing guidelines still in place in many states, travelers may be required to wear a face mask when they stop for gas, groceries, or other supplies.

"I don’t think this is going to be like any other kind of summer," said Joseph Allen, an assistant professor of exposure assessment science at Harvard's Chan School of Public Health. "Everything is going to be very different."

This summer, road trippers will need to do more planning and preparation than they might have done in the past. Here are seven tips to help you stay safe and reduce your risk of getting sick off and on the road: